My Salinger Year

2020, Drama, 1h 41m

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New York in the 90s: After leaving graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a writer, Joanna (Margaret Qualley) gets hired as an assistant to Margaret (Sigourney Weaver), the stoic and old-fashioned literary agent of J. D. Salinger. Fluctuating between poverty and glamour, she spends her days in a plush, wood-panelled office -- where dictaphones and typewriters still reign and agents doze off after three-martini lunches -- and her nights in a sink-less Brooklyn apartment with her socialist boyfriend. Joanna's main task is processing Salinger's voluminous fan mail, but as she reads the heart-wrenching letters from around the world, she becomes reluctant to send the agency's impersonal standard letter and impulsively begins personalizing the responses. The results are both humorous and moving, as Joanna, while using the great writer's voice, begins to discover her own.

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  • Mar 05, 2021
    Very 'Devil Meets Prada' for literary nerds, but also shines on its own terms. 'My Salinger Year' is briskly paced, charmingly scripted, sprinkled with spunky humor, sports unexpectedly warm, colorful photography (with keen composition), and has breezy performances all around. I'll have no complaints when Margaret Qualley's career takes off; she's endearing (decidedly not phony) and has got the goods to handle a range of roles, you can just feel it watching her. Sigourney Weaver is brilliant with her own spin on the Miranda Priestly prototype; shrewd literary agent Margaret is distinct - strict, but inherently flawed and never beyond reason (her aversion to technology is quite amusing). 'Salinger' is diverting and goes down like a fizzy cocktail.
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